Soma Smoothie

Note: I sold the Soma Smoothie on July 2, 2014 (sans pedals and with a Selle Anatomica saddle).

The Smoothie is the thoroughbred of the fleet.

A little history. Just about everything bolted to the Smoothie began it’s life riding on the now-decommissioned Salsa La Raza. The La Raza was both a little too small for me, and a lot too flexy. It’ll make a great ride for a lighter rider, and I hope it finds one soon.

After a fitting session at Cronometro, we found that among the steel replacement frames that I was considering, the Smoothie had the right dimensions.

193_Soma Smoothie

As a bonus, it also appears that there’s room for fenders with 23-25mm tires, or 28mm tires without. When the current rubber’s worn out, I’ll probably move to the latter. More rubber + lower PSI = faster (especially over the long haul, on less-than-perfect roads, and for burly riders like me).


Frame. 56cm 2012 Soma Smoothie.
Fork. Tange, made to match.
Headset. Chris King, 1 1/8 inch threadless, black.
Handlebars. Ritchey Comp Alloy Ergo Road, 44cm.
Stem. Salsa Pro Moto Ti, 100mm 6 degree.
Seatpost. Thomson Elite, 27.2mm, black.
Saddle. Selle San Marco Regal, copper rails and rivets.
Gruppo. 2010 Shimano Ultegra 10spd with 170mm 50/34 crankset and 11-28 cassette.
Pedals. Crank Brothers Candy 2, silver.
Wheels. Neuvation M28X Aero.
Tires. Vittoria Rubino Pro 25mm, black.
Cages. Planet Bike, black.
Pump. Lezyne Road Drive, black.

6 thoughts on “Soma Smoothie

  1. Hi Steve,

    I came across your blog as I searched for reviews for my soon-to-be bike; Smoothie or ES. I really enjoyed your blog, such a great way to get pumped for riding in Madison (moving from Chicago in two weeks). I think I am going for the ES. I need a winter/spring commuter and think the ES fits the bill (fender and wide tire clearance). I noticed you ride a 56cm both Smoothie and ES. I am having hard time settling on a frame size for the ES. Thinking 56cm since I am 5’10 with a 31-32 inseam (longer legs and relatively shorter torso).

    I ride a 55cm Lemond which has an effective 565mm top tube (73 HT angel and 73.5 ST angle).

    How tall are you? Inseam? Any feedback you can provide on fit will be greatly appreciated.



  2. Adrian: If you’re currently riding a 55cm frame with an effective TT (the key here being the effective part) of 565mm, then the 56cm ES should suit you just fine, since it has an effective TT of 560mm.

    As for me, I’m 5’9″ with an inseam of just a hair over 30. I’m longer in the torso than the legs, relatively. With the ES, I fell right between the two sizes. I went with the 56cm over the 54cm, even though the effective TT is a little long for me, because I wanted to get the bars up higher for more comfort on long rides, and rides on mixed surfaces (this bike sometimes sees gravel roads, as well as pavement). Made up for the difference with a slightly shorter stem and a seatpost with no setback.

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